Hitting 300K: The Future of Planning and Housebuilding | IPT
Chair: Clive Betts MP, Chair, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government
Speaker: Philip Barnes, Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Developments
Speaker: Brian Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Master Builders
Virtual Event


Tuesday 09 March 2021


This is an online event

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In August 2020, the Government announced new targets to build 300,000 homes in England each year. They believe the current system, which was created in 1947 is constraining the production of new homes. The new rules aim to encourage sustainable, beautiful, safe and useful developments with ‘homes we need in places we live at prices we can afford.’ They would ensure that local planning officials assess applications by zones rather than case-by-case, in new classification areas of ‘growth, renewal and protected’, allowing for automatic initial approval for those filed in growth zones. There has been some concern over the impact on rural areas and small villages. With the most radical reforms expected to happen in planning and housebuilding since the Second World War, how will England achieve the new targets? 

This event will:

  • Consider the role of digital technology in modernising the planning system and standardising local plans.  
  • Review the importance of energy efficiency and building environmentally friendly homes to align construction with net zero targets. 
  • Discuss the opportunities that new jobs in the construction sector could provide to help boost the economy post-COVID.   
  • Evaluate the challenges that first-time buyers face in acquiring affordable houses in places where they live.